De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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4.15/5
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527 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium
dedollebrouwers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,890
Reviews:
285
Ratings:
527
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.63
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
48
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 527 |  Reviews: 285
Photo of Jeromedepot
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy golden body, one finger white head, good lacing, light retention. Smells of tart apple, light minerality, yeast minerals, light bubble gum, spices. Flavour is a bit boozy, light bubble gum, apple cider, cereal grain, more yeast. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation. Nothing too crazy, light earthy bitterness on the backend. Big beer, a bit boozy but I don't mind it at this point. It's not a style I'm all that familiar with, and probably takes a little getting used to.

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Photo of Caseyk1088
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottling at one of my favorite hangouts in Chicago (Local Option). De Dolle's beers age so very well and this one is no exception. Would love to try them on draft to see how they compare when "fresh".

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Photo of psweendogg
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keithmurray
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March 2014

Appearance - hazy, cloudy golden color, soft pour still yielded voluminous white head, lot of sediment floating around

Smell - apple cider, pear, champagne

Taste - whoa! this is quite boozy, apples, pears, bubblegum, honey

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, full carbonation, boozy upfront, followed by the citrus notes, honey in the aftertaste, finish is on the harsh side, flavors don't seem to meld well with this one

Overall - certainly a big beer, lets you know upfront. I found the flavors to be slightly unbalanced and the booze is not well hidden, which makes the mouthfeel a bit unpleasant. Overall, not a bad beer, but Can't say I'd be eager to re-visit this one, unfortunately.

Price Point - $5.99/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of RhinoBrew
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of captaincoffee
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one night after the Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) and am honestly not sure if I could tell these two beers apart. I know this as brewed for Easter, but it taste almost the same. Pours a light gold, hazy, with a very big head that leaves lacing. Nose is boozy dough and fruity esters, maybe a little peppery hops. Nice. Taste is...damn strong...and not as nice. An overly strong tripel and not a Belgian strong pale IMHO. Phenols, black pepper, alcohol. What it lacks in drinkability, it gains it "punch your face." Very high carbonation. Overall, a very interesting beer, but I can't say I loved it.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Radome
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 330 ml bottle. Cap was stamped "Bottled Mar 2014".

L - Cloudy. Light gold color. Off-white head is thick and active with lots of lace.

S - Delicious aromas are an amazingly complex mix of bready malt, honey, grassy hops, low spices and wine-like alcohol. The impression is clean, subtle and inviting.

T - Like the aromas, the flavors are complex but subtle. Honey, sweet, bready malt, light fruitiness. Sharp spiciness springs up mid-palate and then fades away. Hops present as grassy flavor and moderate bitterness that lingers past the finish.

F - Medium body. Moderate, spritzy carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness. Low alcohol burn.

O - A delicious, sweet and spicy beer that somehow manages to be complex and subtle all at once.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NCCIndy
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pretty in the glass, more viscous than expected. Nose is sweet and mildly floral. I was shocked at the extreme candy-sugar flavor in this. It was nice, but not something I could drink much of.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Edited and re-tasted and re-rated slightly upwards on Easter 2017 on a 2014 bottle

Glad that I could find and drink this ale around Eastertide 2016 on a 2014 bottle
The Mad Brewers is what DeDolle calls themselves. Their fun extends to their customers.
As interesting as their other four beers are that I've had (Still Nacht, Oerbier, Arabier and Special Reserve), Bos Keun may be their most interesting...
While it Looks and Smells fine (particularly how the sweetish malt fills my nose), balanced Taste (sweet, fruity, and enough spice) and its very soft Feel gives Boskeun its "interesting" points. So soft, that I almost didn't notice the high alcohol, until I did!
Overall, I'd be blessed to find this ale every Eastertide for as long as I live. Good with most non-spicy foods. (Had again Easter 2018.)

MJ's 1999 edition gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "brassy-coloured, honey-primed."
Reviewed later in his "Great Beers of Belgium", MJ said Boskeun had "an interesting balance between sweetness and dryness."

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Photo of Andrea_Netherlands
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snowmageddon
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Euroglot
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A lot of ever-lasting white foam.
Subtle aroma, maybe some honey.
Tastes malty and dry, bitter aftertaste that coverts somb spices, some flowers and even some citric notes. But not many.
Medium/low body.
Too bitter and dry for my taste, doesn't fulfill the expectation.

Happy Easter!

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Photo of Mar02x
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brew_42
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a huge white fluffy head that leaves heavy lacing.

Smell- sweet and spicy

Taste- candied sugar up front giving way to some tartness. Bitter aftertaste.

MF- heavy carbonation

Overall- fairly refreshing with nice carbonation but I could do without the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 527 ratings